August 22, 2016 |
Three-year-old Meghan O'Donnell stood up and screamed in agony, seemingly out of the blue. Her parents noticed that her right ankle was swollen. Doctors at the community hospital put the ankle in a cast, concluding that it was broken. But when the cast was removed three weeks later, the toddler's pain and swelling were no better. That led to blood tests, bone scans, MRIs and much more. At the end of the six-week diagnostic odyssey, the words "juvenile idiopathic arthritis" left them reeling.
August 16, 2016 |
Thirteen years ago, arthritis began creeping into Jeffry Lohr's spine, bit by bit stiffening it until he was unable to bend over. That would be a life-changer for anyone, but for a master woodworker, it augured the end of the art and craft that had defined him and brought him national renown. The disease progressed to the point that if a nail tumbled from his worktable, he could not pick it up. If there was any saving grace, it was that his hands were spared. So, with medication to keep the pain at bay, the 63-year-old Limerick craftsman has continued creating the traditional furniture that is his signature, as well as free-form pieces that incorporate a tree's edges.
May 19, 2016 |
It's a fact that physically active individuals tend to be healthier, happier, and live longer than those who are inactive and not fit. Though this is overwhelmingly true for most people, it is especially true for people suffering from inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Yes, you read that right. It may sound counterintuitive, but exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself if you have arthritis. Sure, exercising is likely the last thing you want to do when you are fatigued and your joints ache, but it can help manage pain and improve your energy.
February 28, 2016 |
According to the Roman calendar, it's 2016. The Chinese calendar proclaims this the year of the red fire monkey. At our house, it appears to be the year of the lame dog. Keeper started limping during a walk last month. A veterinary exam found some slight muscle atrophy, but X-rays didn't show any degenerative changes that might indicate arthritis. His limping may have been due to an unusually long walk after a holiday layoff - the well-known weekend warrior syndrome. Then Gemma took a tumble down the stairs.
November 16, 2015
Q: My dog has been getting acupuncture for arthritis, and it really seems to help. I'm curious how it works. A: Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, thin needles into the skin at strategic points on the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, these points were known as meridians, through which "chi," or life force, flowed; in modern medicine, we know them as the vascular, nervous and muscular structures of the body. Insertion of the needles at specific points is said to help activate healing by stimulating nerve endings and releasing certain substances that relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve blood flow and oxygenation.
July 4, 2014 |
Hello there John and what seemed like all the other orthopedists in Philadelphia were at the gate for the first morning flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco, site of the 2012 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons conference. Talking with Rothman Institute colleagues, he saw a beautiful woman laughing with her traveling companion. "I remember thinking that I'd never be that lucky to sit next to her on the plane," John said. But he was. As John hoisted his bag into the overhead compartment, he told himself: "Don't be that guy who sits down and immediately starts chatting up the pretty girl.
May 19, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I am a 40-something divorced female. After my divorce I met a man I enjoyed being with. He led me to believe he cared for me and I bought into it. It was a vulnerable time for me and, unfortunately, I let my guard down. I did something stupid and co-signed for a student loan for him. He has stopped making payments, has blocked my calls, moved, etc., and now I'm stuck with the financial burden. I have learned that he had a fiancee while we were involved and they are now married.
July 8, 2012 |
Blaine M. Sutton, 91, of Hatboro, a chemist who helped develop a groundbreaking treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, died Saturday, June 30, at Abington Hospice at Warminster. Dr. Sutton was the primary researcher on a team that found in 1972 that oral administration of gold could halt the progression of arthritis in children and adults. Though the discovery of a more effective gold injection and other drugs later made Dr. Sutton's therapy less common, he is recognized as an influential arthritis researcher.
April 4, 2012 |
NOREEN CLARK suffered so many physical problems over so many years that people who knew her were astounded that she never let her afflictions stop her - or even slow her down much. She loved to be on the go, despite ailments that would have caused a lot of people to want to lie down and feel sorry for themselves. But if anyone asked Noreen to go out - to restaurants, the movies, shopping, bingo or whatever - she'd be right there with her unrelenting cheerful nature and bright smile.